Ottawa family fun: Open House at Oliver’s Mapleworks

9 April 2018 Ottawa Family Fun

Every year on or around the first weekend in April, the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers host an open house. I don’t remember how exactly we heard about Oliver’s Mapleworks in particular, but they met my planning criteria of a fun family day out that would likely be a little less crowded than some of the […]

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When you revisit your 80s cultural touchstones – and find them cringeworthy

8 April 2018 Ah, me boys

We’ve been inflicting the pop culture touchstones of our teenage and young adult years on the boys, making sure they have a cultural appreciation of the literary and film influences that helped shape Generation X. We were doing quite well for a while. The Princess Bride more than withstands the test of time, and Rent […]

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Euro2018: Walking up the Eiffel Tower

7 April 2018 Euro2018

We’re deep into the planning of our once-in-a-lifetime trip to London and Paris next summer. We’ve got accomodations, flights and EuroStar tickets booked, and now we’re starting to look at what exactly we want to see and do while we’re there. Of course, on our must-go list for Paris is the Eiffel Tower. I’ve been […]

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Anticipation: A photo-story collaboration

31 March 2018 Creative licence

Last week, I introduced a new game that my friend and fellow blogger Christine Hennebury have been playing. I take a picture and send it to her, and she takes it as inspiration for a piece of flash fiction. I love this photo on its own, because it was random and unposed and real, and […]

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The Plan: A photo-story collaboration

24 March 2018 Creative licence

Once upon a time there were two bloggers, who were also mamas, and who both liked to tell stories. They found each other in the big wide blogosphere, which was really not so big in the mid-2000s. One blogger felt the pull of words, and she became a writer. One blogger felt the pull of […]

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Spoiler Alert

23 March 2018 Ah, me boys

We’re standing in WalMart, of all places. I don’t even like WalMart and almost never shop there. But we’re in WalMart and we’ve just walked past several rows of pastel-coloured Easter goodies, and it twinges something I’ve been thinking about. “Hey Lucas,” I begin, leaning down to be closer to his 10 year old ear. […]

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Photos of the day: Bris for twins!

18 March 2018 Mothership Photography

Taking photographs at family events is always a treat, but for once-in-a-lifetime events, it can be a little stressful, too. This week I was honoured to be asked to document the Brit Milah (Bris) of twin baby boys! I was a little nervous about making sure I got the key elements of the ceremony, but […]

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Photo of the day: Dish pan hands

16 March 2018 Lucas

We had a dishwasher catastrophe this week. I’d just started a cycle when I looked over to see thick, angry black smoke pouring out of the electrical panel on our GE dishwasher. It’s only six or seven years old, but it has been doing a mediocre job on and off for a while anyway, and […]

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Photos of the day: Winter at the Long Island Locks

8 March 2018 Ottawa's hidden treasures

Hi! Remember me? I used to post stuff on this blog. I’m back! If nothing else, sharing photos of my favourite Ottawa places keeps drawing me back to the blog. You know how much I love the Manotick Mill, right? But I almost forget sometimes that Manotick has another gem of a location hiding in […]

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Family traditions documentary photos: Saturday afternoon at the park

7 January 2018 Mothership Photography

You know what’s really awesome about cold January days when the temperature is hovering near minus 40C? You look at your website and realize there are nearly half a dozen terrific photo sessions that you clean forgot to share on the blog! Let’s go back to late October. The air had just started to turn […]

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